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    Heritage, Tourism and


    at the heart of Mons


    On the move all summer!

In BRUSSELS, from 25 June to 3 September, the “Tourism and Gastronomy" exhibition will offer you a

    chance to discover the many assets and treasures of Wallonia. Every two weeks, one Province will be given

    pride of place. However, we know there’s nothing like getting out and about if you’re looking for an in-

    depth experience, so why not try one of our “Gastronomic Treasure Trails"?

    All the treasure trails are free and available from 25 June to 16 September 2012, (except for the Charleroi Pays de Geminiacum Treasure Trail). Simply turn up on one of the dates mentioned below and enjoy a

    delicious free welcome treat to send you on your way!

Province of Walloon Brabant

    NIVELLES Along the streets On foot Free breakfasts on Sundays 1

    and 8 July Rural excursion By bicycle

    Rural excursion in the “Roman Païs” By car

    Province of Liège

    LIEGE The historic centre of Liège On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

     14 and 21 July An encounter with Tchantchès and On foot


    EUPEN The Eastern Cantons: nature, lakes and By car Free breakfasts on Sundays

    regional specialities 15 and 22 July

    Province of Namur

    NAMUR Namur for the inquisitive and for On foot Free breakfasts on

    gourmets Wednesdays 1 and 8 August

    Castles, vineyards and farms around By car


    Province of Hainaut

    CHARLEROI The Charleroi region, as you have never On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

     seen it before! 11 and 18 August

     Regional products and heritage in the By bicycle

     “Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse” or car

     Pays de Geminiacum treasure trail By car or Treasure trail available only

     bicycle on Wednesdays 15 and 22


    MONS Heritage, Tourism and Gastronomy at On foot Free breakfasts on Saturday

     the heart of Mons 11 August Free afternoon

     snacks on Saturday 18


     From the “Château Montois” to By car Free breakfasts on Saturday

     “Caillou-qui-bique” 11 August

     From “Caillou-qui-bique” to the By car Free afternoon snacks on “Château Montois” Saturday 18 August TOURNAI The historic heart of Tournai On foot Free breakfasts on Saturdays

    11 and 18 August Landscapes of the Escaut plain By car

    Province of Belgian Luxembourg Free breakfasts on Saturday ARLON A small breath of Arlon air On foot 25 August and Sunday 2

    September A large breath of Arlon air On foot

    INFORMATION: Freephone: 0800 11901 (in French)

    or 0800 11902 (in German)

    IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SNCB BELGIAN RAILWAYS, TRAVEL SMART! Travel to the starting points of our treasure trails with a “Weekend” ticket, which offers you a 50%

    discount on the price of a return journey by train. If you are doing one of the treasure trails on a weekday in July and August, opt for the “Summer”

    ticket which also offers you discount on the price of a return journey by train.

    For more information, visit



    Discovering Wallonia, from Tournai to Eupen, from Nivelles to Arlon...

Does the summer sunshine make you want to get out and about?

    Starting at the Espaces Wallonie, roads, streets, paths and tracks will lead you over hills and down valleys to discover the treasures of Wallonia. Heritage, gastronomy, landscapes and outstanding historic sites - there is something for everyone.

    To ensure all participants, especially the gourmets, get off to the best of starts with a full stomach, free breakfasts or afternoon snacks will be available on certain days.

    And, before starting your trails, why not find out more about the wealth of services offered by the Espaces Wallonie: from information about housing to debt conselling, from Equal Opportunities to the regional, federal and community mediation services, plus a range of regional publications and exhibitions. In short, a modern administration, close to your needs and ready to answer all your questions.

    But, enough said, now it’s time to get on your bicycle, pull on your walking boots, or climb inro

    your car and take to the road...


    for those who enjoy a challenge...

    The guide to each treasure trail includes a set of questions. Write your answers in the spaces provided, drop it off at the Espace Wallonie reception or letterbox when you have finished and you could win a prize!


Every month:

    A gourmet basket worth ?60 will be awarded to the first correctly completed answer form pulled out of the hat at the end of July, end of August and end of September in each participating Espace Wallonie.

    (Except for the Pays de Geminiacum treasure trail, where the prize draws will be held on 15 and 22 August only for a gourmet basket worth ?50).

On the days when free breakfasts or afternoon snacks are offered (see table)

    A voucher worth ?150 for accommodation in Wallonia.

    The prize draws will take place on the first working day following these days.

    Two free return tickets for second-class travel on Belgian railways offered by SNCB Belgian Railways. The prize draws will take place on the first working day following these days.

    Prize winners will be informed by email, telephone or post.

    Will you be the “Gourmet treasure trail (wo)man” of the summer?

     There will be another prize draw for a special prize for participants who submit

    completed questionnaires for at least one treasure trail per province between 25 June and 16 September. To enter this draw, please ask for your entries to be validated at each Espace Wallonie.

    The prize is a voucher worth ?500 for accommodation in Wallonia and the draw will be held at the end of September.





    On Saturday 11 August: free breakfast from 8.30am to 10am

    On Saturday 18 August: free afternoon snack from 4pm to 6pm

    at the ESPACE WALLONIE DE MONS, 18-19, Rue de la Seuwe, (near the Grand

    Place), 7000 MONS

    On these days, final departure at 4pm. Answer forms must be placed in the box at the Espace Wallonie before 6pm.

    This treasure trail is free of charge and is open to all from 25 June to 16 September

Treasure trail on foot

    Time: about 2 hours

    Length: about 6km

    Accessible by accompanied reduced-mobility participants

    Mons has a particularly rich historical heritage, and has successfully combined respect for traditions, folklore and gastronomy.

    With 2012 being the Year of Tourism and Gastronomy, this treasure trail will enable you to appreciate the treasures of this delightful city and to discover its delicious gastronomic specialities.


    ; From Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm

    ESPACE WALLONIE DE MONS, 18-19, Rue de la Seuwe, 7000 MONS Tel: +32

    (0)65 220 680 E-mail:

    ; At weekends:

    MAISON DU TOURISME, 22, Grand’Place, 7000 MONS Tel : +32 (0)65 335

    580 E-mail:


    If you would like to follow the treasure trail in a group of more than 10 people, please inform us in advance by e-mail or telephone.



The Espace Wallonie in Mons is situated at 18-19, Rue de la Seuwe, a stone’s throw from the



    A) By which name is Rue de la Seuwe better known?

    B) How may “Vivre la Wallonie” brochures are displayed in the window of the

    Espace Wallonie in Mons?

    Go to Grand’Place and have a look at the blue stone circle which marks the site of the annual duel between St George and the dragon, known as the Lumeçon.


    How many different municipalities are named on the ring?

The high point of Mons folklore is the annual Ducasse which is now a UNESCO World Heritage


    ; The Religious Ducasse has four key stages:

    o the Descent of the Shrine,

    o the Procession of the Golden Cart,

     the Ascent of the Golden Cart o

    o the Lumeçon (fight between St George and the Dragon).

    ; The Festive Ducasse takes place around the religious events and includes concerts, a

    military music festival, a torchlight procession, and an opportunity for locals to clear out

    their attics and cellars and sell their unwanted stuff in the streets.

    ; There is also a Little Lumeçon for children in the Grand-Place after the adult version.


    A) When is the Ducasse de Mons held?

    B) Who slays El biète (the dragon) to the clamour of the onlookers, at the end

    of the Lumeçon?

    C) When the participants in the Lumeçon enter the Town Hall’s courtyard,

    what phrase is chanted by the crowd?

    D) What is the name of the Ducasse de Mons’ official anthem?

    Before you leave the GrandPlace, don’t forget to stroke the head of the monkey statue outside the Town Hall with your left hand, which is said to bring good luck.

A passageway from the Town Hall's courtyard leads to a quiet and peaceful public garden created

    between 1930 and 1936, in a space which has connected the Rue d’Enghien to the Town Hall since 1372.


It is a good place from which to listen to concerts on the Belfry’s carillon. There is also a sculpture

    of a child splashing water from the fountain over passers-by, a symbol of the mischievousness of the city’s children.


    A) What is this statue called?

    B) Who was the sculptor?

    C) When was the Mayeur Garden created?

    D) On whose initiative was the garden created?

Leave the garden and walk into the Rue d’Enghien, then turn left down the Rue Cronque. At the

    end of the Rue Cronque, turn left onto the Rue des Gades, then turn right down the Rue des Clercs.

    Go past the youth hostel and the Maison Espagnole, until you arrive at the Rampe du Château, which is at the foot of the Belfry (“el catiau" (“the castle) as it is fondly called by the inhabitants

    of Mons) and leads to the Square du Château.

    The Square du Château is open every day (except Mondays) from 10am to 6pm.

    You are close to the Chapel of St Calixtus, the oldest religious building in Mons. Originally built in the eleventh century, its Romanesque frescos were painted over and only re-discovered in the nineteenth century. The frescos you can see today are twentieth-century copies of the originals. The Gothic vault dates from the fourteenth century and the crypt is built of rough-hewn stone. The chapel has been open to the public since the Open Door Heritage Days in September 1995.

    The oldest part of the chapel is the crypt, whose semi-circular vault is made of thin layers of sandstone set side by side.

Inside are copies of recumbent effigies of King Charles V of France, nicknamed the Wise. The

    originals, sculpted by André Beauneveu de Valenciennes, are now displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris and at the Abbey of St Denis near Paris.

    The chapel is open every day (except Mondays) from 12 noon to 6pm.


    A) Why is the chapel called St Calixtus’s Chapel?

    B) What is in the chapel’s belfry?

    C) What unique feature does the Mons belfry have?

    D) From the top of the Belfry, you can see the Héribus slag heap (look towards

    the Borinage and the PASS). What do we call the natural phenomenon

    which generates heat within a slag heap?

Leave the Square du Château and return to the Rue des Clercs.


; On the right-hand side of the street is the restaurant L’Art des Mets.

    During the summer, the chef creates many dishes using fresh produce from Wallonia. As part of the Year of Gastronomy event, you can get a free glass of a local aperitif on presentation of this document. Just order an “el mitan mitan”.

    Restaurant open every day, except Saturday lunchtime, Sunday evening and Monday (except on public holidays or during festivals)


    What phrase is written on the window of “L’Art des Mets”?

    Do a u-turn and walk back down the street. Walk down the Rampe Sainte-Waudru (incidentally, this is the ramp that the Golden Cart is pulled up during the Ascent of the Golden Cart during the Ducasse).

    Go into St Waudru’s collegiate church through the door on the Place du Chapitre and pause for a moment to enjoy the peace and quiet, then admire:

    ; The reliquaries of St Waudru

    ; The sculptures by Jacques Du Broeucq

    ; St Waudru’s treasure (golden objects from the twelfth and nineteenth centuries, objects

    linked to the Chapter of Canons, statues, etc.)

    ; The Golden Cart (a heavy, Louis XVI-style wooden cart that has been painted and gilded

    and which is used in the Ducasse every year to transport the shrine of St Waudru through

    the streets)

    Construction of the church was stopped in 1686, and the tower was never completed, giving rise to the local expression “Just like St Waudru’s tower, it will never end”.


    A) When did the construction of St Waudru’s church start?

    B) Who protested about the plan to demolish St Waudru’s church?

    C) What did he do for a living?

    D) In which century did the tradition of the Golden Cart start?

    Leave the church, walk down the side of the building and turn right onto the Rue de la Réunion, then walk along the Rue des Sœurs Grises until you reach the corner of the Rue des Capucins on

    the left.

; Walk down the Rue des Capucins to N? 34, a shop selling Bouche Daskalides products.

    Shop open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.



    Two Walloon products are showcased in the shop.

    A) What are they?

    B) Which region do they come from?

    At the junction with the pedestrianised Grande-Rue, turn right along the Grande-Rue. At the first crossroads, turn left onto the Rue des Juifs and go into the Carré des Arts on your right. This building now houses the Ecole supérieure des Arts plastiques et Visuels de Mons ESAPV (the

    Mons College of Plastic and Visual Arts ) and some municipal offices.


    A) What was this building previously used for?

    B) Until which period where they used for this purpose?

    C) What was the old name of this building?

    D) Who was the original architect?

    E) Why is this building now called the “Carré des Arts”?

    F) In which year was it named the “Carré des Arts”?

    Leave the Carré des Arts and go down the Rue de la Grande Triperie opposite, then take the second street on the right (Rue de Houdain), where you will find the Faculté polytechnique de Mons, Espace Terre et Matériaux (University of Mons, departments of Earth and Materials Sciences).


    A) Whose statue is in the Faculty park?

    B) Who were these characters?

    C) What were the buildings dating from the start of the seventeenth century

    originally used for?

    D) What is housed in the wing built in 1739?

    Leave the Faculty park and turn right. At the junction with the Rue de la Halle, walk towards the Rue du Hautbois, then take the first turning on the right (Rue des Epingliers), cross the Rue d’Havré and take the Rue de la Peine Perdue opposite, then take the first turning on the left after the car park (Rue du Miroir).

    Cross the square and turn right into the Rue de Nimy and go past the Plaza Art cinema until you come to the restaurant ; “L’Impératif’ement Belge” which serves traditonal Belgian food,

    with pride of place being given to Walloon produce during the summer of 2012.

    A Wallon aperitif will be served to you free of charge (1 per person) on presentation of this document.

    This restaurant is open from Monday to Friday and on Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. It is best to book your table in advance!



    Which Walloon product will be used by the Chef of “L’Impératif’ment Belge

    throughout the summer of 2012 and can be found on the menu every day?

; Continue along the Rue de Nimy to the “De Meyer bakery and cake shop.


    Two specialities of Mons are given pride of place in one of the shop’s windows. What are they and what prizes have they won?

Continue along the Rue de Nimy to the Mundaneum at N? 76.

    The Mundaneum was created by two Belgian lawyers, Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine, at the end of the nineteenth century .

    Museum open during exhibitions from Tuesday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm (to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday). Closed on Mondays and public holidays.


    What was the classification system devised by Paul Otlet and Henri La Fontaine called? Is it: (delete as appropriate)

    1. a system for classifying blood types?

    2. a system for classifying library books?

    3. a system for classifying meteorological measurements?

    Leave the Mundaneum and turn right, then take the first street on the right (Rue des Tuileries), then turn right up the Rue des Passages, where you will find the theatre “Le Manège


    The Manège *******- MONS is a cross-border theatre which is unique in Europe, founded in the 1990s.

    What is the name of the French city associated with this project (which can replace the *******) above?

    Continue along the Rue du Gouverneur Damoiseaux, then take the first street on the right (Rue du Gouvernement) and then the first on the left (Rue de la Biche), then turn right and walk up the Rue d’Havré towards the GrandPlace.

; On your left is the Vandoorne cheese shop, which stocks a wide range of Belgian and

    foreign cheeses.

    Shop open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 1.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm



    Three Walloon cheeses are given pride of place in the cheese shop’s window. What are their names and from which regions of Wallonia do they come?

Make your way towards the GrandPlace.

; On the corner of the Rue des Clercs, you will find the restaurant “Ces Belges et Vous”,

    which offers a special regional menu.

    If you order a set-menu meal, you will be offered a a free Walloon aperitif on presentation of this document.


    A) What number in the street is this restaurant?

    B) On the Grand Place, many bars serve a recently-invented local beer: what is

    its exact name?

Hydrography of Mons

    Mons is built in the valley of the River Haine, which flows through the northern part of the city from east to west, before joining the River Escaut in France, which becomes the River Scheldt and flows into the North Sea at Antwerp.


    What is the name of the tributary of the River Haine which joins it at Jemappes? (the name of this river is a synonym for a disease in French, just like “La Haine” can also mean “hatred”)

You have come to the end of your short tour of Mons.

    Be sure to enjoy more of its produce and delights before you leave!



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